First Look, new casting on ‘EMILY”

First Look photo of: Emma Mackey as Emily Brontë in “Emily”

Photo Credit: Michael Wharley

Emily – a writer-director debut for Frances O’Connor, who tells Emily Brontë’s origin story. 

Emma Mackey (Sex Education,Death on the Nile), nominated today for a BAFTA for Female Performance in a Comedy Program (for Netflix’s show ‘Sex Education’), leads a cast of vibrant young British talent including previously announced Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, Voyagers). Joining the cast are Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Invisible Man, The Haunting of Hill House), Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers), Amelia Gething (The Spanish Princess), as well as BAFTA nominee Gemma Jones (Ammonite, Rocketman) and Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty).  

From a self-penned script, double Golden Globe nominee O’Connor imagines a transformative, inspiring, and exhilarating journey to womanhood of one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic and passionate writers, author of the seminal Wuthering Heights.  

Frances O’Connor says, “Emily Brontë’s writing is steeped in such passion, feeling, violence, and fierce intelligence – that I’ve always yearned to know who she really was. Emily is about a rebel and misfit, a young woman daring to form herself, to embrace her true nature, despite the consequences. And, in creating an imagined life for her, I hope Emily Brontë will live again! 

Our film will brim with energy – intimately capturing the emotional intensity and adrenalin of youth, with all its messy honesty, heartbreak, humour and fearlessness; matched by the scale of our stunning locations.” 

Tim Haslam, Embankment, says; “Frances’ storytelling is a breath of fresh air – attracting highly dynamic actors; each performing highly engaging characters, each provocative and just a touch dangerous; certainly, modern and spirited.” 

Produced by David Barron (Harry Potter franchise, Cinderella, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Piers Tempest (Military Wives, Ordinary Love, The Wife) with Robert Connolly and Robert Patterson of Arenamedia (The Dry,Paper Planes).  Funding is from Ingenious Media, with Peter Touche as an Executive Producer, and from Spitfire Audio Holdings, The Post Republic and Tempo.